Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa, First Edition: A Family-Based Approach

Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa, First Edition: A Family-Based Approach

by Christopher Dare (Author), Danielle Grange (Author), JamesLock (Author), Agras W . Stewart (Author)


This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents. Unique in its focus on mobilizing parents and siblings as a resource in treatment, the approach is ideal for short-term treatment and has demonstrated effectiveness in controlled clinical trials. Intervention is divided into three clearly defined phases. Using such innovative methods as a family meal, the clinician first learns strategies for helping families gain immediate control over the adolescent's eating behaviors. Once the patient accepts parental demands to eat, related family problems are addressed in the second phase. The third and final phase of treatment aims toward getting adolescent development back on track and establishing family relationships that do not revolve around the eating disorder. Featuring detailed guidelines for conducting each family session, the manual is illustrated with extensive clinical transcripts and vignettes.


Save:$37.25 (92%)


1 in stock

More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 270
Edition: 1
Publisher: Guilford Press
Published: 21 Dec 2000

ISBN 10: 1572306076
ISBN 13: 9781572306073

Media Reviews
.,. I readily recommend the manual to new team members and trainees, as much for the principles of working with families with this condition as the detail of practice. I am grateful that Lock et al. have captured those principles so clearly and accessibly. -- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
I highly recommend it for any therapist who has struggled with the difficult task of trying to keep a family focused on the arduous task of re-nourishing their adolescent to health. It gives a step by step approach to the therapist which will help her keep the focus on the initial presenting problem, and not become side-tracked with secondary albeit compelling problems, as the illness of anorexia will invariably do to both therapist and family alike. -- Canadian Child Psychiatry Review
.,. the book provides a starting point for therapists wishing to pursue an evidence-based approach to the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents. It contains some good ideas and will undoubtedly be a useful resource for mental health practitioners interested in helping adolescents overcome this serious disorder. -- Behavior Research and Therapy
The theoretical underpinning of the Maudsley approach is the view that the adolescent is embedded in the family and that the parents are critical to the ultimate success in treatment....In summary, this manual on family therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa with a short duration of illness enables recovery without admission to hospital....This book--the first specific manualized approach available--is highly recommended for all professionals engaged in work with adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa. -- Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
This work was designed to be most valuable to psychotherapists, and it succeeds well in this mission. -- Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

This book is an important addition to the literature on the treatment of anorexia nervosa. It provides an authoritative and detailed description of the 'Maudsley method, ' the leading family-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. The book will be an invaluable resource for clinicians for years to come. --Christopher G. Fairburn, DM, FRCPsych, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Family-based treatment is one of the few demonstrably effective interventions for anorexia nervosa. This treatment manual clearly explains the development of this approach and, even more important, provides a detailed description of how it can be implemented. Lock and his colleagues have provided practitioners with a most useful tool to assist their patients. This book will be required reading for all who treat youngsters with anorexia nervosa. --B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Ruane Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Director, Eating Disorders Research Unit, New York State Psychiatric Institute

During the past decade, progress in the mental health sciences has been reflected in the increasing refinement of empirically based treatment techniques that can be manualized for general application. This book is a fine example of this type of progress, which has been exciting to witness. Lock and his coauthors are to be congratulated for putting together such an excellent and much-needed treatment manual. The authors manage to compress detailed instruction and rich, relevant case material into a powerful volume that delights by its erudition and persuasiveness. Highly recommended for all who are serious about bringing their therapeutic skills to the cutting edge. --Hans Steiner, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine

Author Bio
James Lock, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the chief of psychiatric inpatient services at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Daniel Le Grange, PhD, is the Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Joint Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

W. Stewart Agras, MD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Christopher Dare, MD, is a Reader in Psychotherapy and Head of the Section of Psychotherapy at the Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, at the Maudsley Hospital in London. He is also Consultant Psychiatrist to the Adolescent Eating Disorder Clinic, South London, and Maudsley NHS Trust.